Chocolat and Captain Rollins
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The Internet forums have contained some glowing reviews of
the catamaran Chocolat recently.
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First, a report from Kenny Schik:
"We spent a very pleasant day with Capt. Rollins on his catamaran, "Chocolat".\egc cost is $80
dollars per person, but includes lunch and all the beverages you would like to consume! We went
snorkeling on Prickly Pear Island, had lunch on Sandy Island, and snorkeled at Little Bay. The
sailing was fantastic, and Rollins is a great host. We were on the water for 7 hours. I recommend this
for anyone. It was the highlight of our trip to Anguilla!"
Then from Kathy Smith:"
"The best part of our trip was
going out on Chocolat a 35' catamaran with Captain Rollins Ruan. He was delightful and very
Chocolat takes a maximum of 12 people out at a
time... He also does sunset cruises for 2-8 people at
$50 per including hors d'oeuvres and drinks. Private charter are available for $360 for 1-4 people
and $50 per person additional. Drinks included. If you want him to cater lunch, let him know. They
will do that on request..." firstname.lastname@example.org
Your intrepid correspondent volunteered to go out with Captain Rollins Ruan for research purposes.
Spending the day from 9:45 AM to 4:45PM on Chocolat was
a great experience. Here are some pictures I took:
Hint: Before starting out I lathered myself with
waterproof 45 SPF Sun Screen, but I still got a burn where I didn't have enough on my face.
It was a tough assignment, but I can now recommend
the Chocolat excursion from personal experience.
- Our captain in his blue shorts.
Captain Rollins Ruan did a good job of transporting, feeding,
entertaining and educating us, plus he took care to keep
us out of trouble ("no climbing the rope at Little Bay").
- Prickly Pear is an
offshore cay about 6 miles from Road Bay. Beyond it a few
more miles is Dog Island, even bigger and with 5 good beaches.
We dropped anchor at Prickly Pear to snorkel
the reef, explore the beach along the lagoon, and
eat our lunch of barbecued chicken and pasta salad. Rum punches
started flowing freely. There are two
beach bars on Prickly Pear, but both were closed. Although
Prickly Pear is sometimes very busy with yachts and day cruises
from St Martin, it was empty for our visit.
The interior of Prickly Pear has a mangrove pond, but does not
invite exploration without good shoes and protective pants.
Another picture of opening the anchor hatch as
we approach Prickly Pear.
- Sandy Island.
We sailed back toward Road Bay and stopped in the lagoon
at Sandy Island. Again we were alone. We swam, snorkelled and
our Captain bought us a round of drinks at the small beach
bar on the islet. Sandy Island used to be
the most photographed spot in Anguilla, since it was a beautiful
narrow island about 25 by 150 yards with a calm shallow, reef protected
lagoon on the leeward side, covered in swaying palm trees. Since
Luis it has come back, except that it doesn't look the same without
the tall coconut palms. New ones have been planted but they
are only about 7 feet tall. Next season they should be fine.
The beach bar has been rebuilt and
is very nice--we all played with the waitress' young daughter.
The snorkelling on the reef was good -- many species of
tropical fish to see.
- Little Bay.
We continued on to Little Bay where we had a
close encounter with a turtle that Junior Fleming
spotted. For your information, the turtle was discovered while
exploring just to the west of Little Bay.
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